The Promise of Prevention

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? Let’s band together to acknowledge the importance of how families and communities work together to prevent child abuse of any form. The Parenting Place and CASA of Missoula work tirelessly alongside many businesses and organizations within our community to highlight this month as a time to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families by offering parenting classes or a safe, permanent, nurturing home for children. Community outreach events such as Pinwheels for Prevention represent the effort to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to ensure that child abuse and neglect never occur. After all, it takes a village. Let’s celebrate our support for our youth! Get involved today by visiting 
CASAMissoula.org or ParentingPlace.net

Wine & Reel

Girlfriends, wine, fly fishing. Need we say more? Ladies, join in on the fun at Blackfoot River Outfitters, 3055 N. Reserve St., Suite A-1, on Thursday, April 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the third annual Ladies Night. Sip a glass of wine, connect with other fly fishing gals, learn how to improve your fly cast, and enjoy the evening. There will be plenty of opportunities to refresh your knot tying skills, practice casting, and take part in engaging festivities, like raffles from Orvis, Simms, Montana Fly Company, Fishpond, and Costa, among others. Also, browse the new 2018 gear and apparel from your favorite brands and enjoy store-wide discounts to get your season off on the right foot. Blackfoot River Outfitters can special order any size and color. All skill levels are welcome. Visit BlackfootRiver.com or call 406.542.7411 for more information. 

Accolades for One of Our Own

If you pick up the February issue of Northwest Travel & Life, you’re likely to see a photograph or two and article by one of Missoula Valley Lifestyle’s regular contributors, Susie Wall. (She wrote this month’s feature “Farming a Better Tomorrow” on page 24.) Her article features a few of the historical adventures in our Treasure State, including the pictograph cave in southeast Montana, which was featured on Northwest Travel & Life Magazine’s Facebook page. Great work, Susie! 

Run for Trees

Run Wild Missoula is partnering with Missoula Parks and Recreation to offer our community the 26th annual Run for the Trees 5K and 10K races, and a free 1-mile fun run on Saturday, April 14. Registration is free for kids 10 and younger and prices increase from $25 to $30 for adults on April 12 and remain at that price through race day. All participants will receive a tree sapling courtesy of the Good Food Store and a custom packable and reusable bag from ChicoBag. Goodies are guaranteed to the first 400 registrants. Come out and show your support for Missoula’s Urban Forest at 9 a.m. on April 14! Register today through RunWildMissoula.org.

Annual Archaeology Day

Want to get your hands dirty? Here’s your chance to get digging. On Saturday, April 14, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, 3400 Captain Rawn Way, celebrates Archaeology Month by offering up this day of fun, filled with opportunities to meet archaeologists, check out artifacts, and learn about this fascinating field. Young and young at heart can try their hand at excavating in their simulated dig and help create a pictograph mural. Archaeologists from the forest service and the University of Montana will be on hand to talk to you about their work. This event is free and open to the public and the festivities begin at 11 a.m.

MUD’s Earth Day Celebration

Let’s localize this international day of environmental action and education with one of our community’s most handy hubs for sustainability! On Sunday, April 22, join MUD in their 12th annual Earth Day celebration for engaging conversations, teach-ins, workshops, kids activities, Earth Day expo, and local vendors, beverages, and music. Want to help plan the day? Join the MUD Earth Day committee by contacting Info@MudProject.org. Happy Earth Day! Event will be held at MUD headquarters at 1527 Wyoming St.